Syracuse lacrosse's Philadelphia, Final Four weekend got off to a disappointing start Friday night, as the women's program lost a heart breaker in the national semifinal to top-seeded Maryland, 11-10, at Villanova.
The loss snapped the Orange's 13-game winning streak and capped their very successful season with a 18-4 record. The Terrapins advance to the finals where the North Carolina Tar Heels await.
Twice SU trailed by three goals in the second half and both times it erased the deficit. The last time the Orange made a comeback march they took a 10-9 lead thanks to a four-goal run, which was capped by a goal by Katie Webster with 18:31 remaining.
Maryland was able to tie the game at 10, which remained the score until 2:51 to go when the Terrapins' Kelly McPartland capped the scoring with the game's final goal.
Syracuse had a few chances to tie the game, but fell short of making back-to-back National Championship Game appearances.
"We made some mistakes when we had chances to make plays," Gait said. "It's tough. The pressure is on the kids in a tight game. You drop a pass, you didn't back up the goal and you don't score. It's funny how time goes by when you score three or four in a row and then it becomes more difficult to score. Both teams saw that in the second half."
Despite the tough end, the ladies need to be recognized for their amazing achievements. Though, coach Gait and company fell short of a national title, SU's women's lacrosse is becoming a national threat and one day, hopefully, will pull off its first national championship sooner than later.